Squad Criteria – The Background

Evesham Swimming Club are proud of the way that we have developed squad criteria to suit the aspirations of a variety of swimmers. When considering squad placement for swimmers, we consider their age and performance across a range of categories – speed, technique, attendance, fitness, effort and attitude. By considering the whole swimmer, and their overall well-being, we know that the best performance will come.

As well as initial placement, when a new swimmer joins the club, criteria has been designed to make the move up process clear to everyone and to make swimmers, parents and coaches strive for improvement.

Joining the Club:

We welcome children from the age of 6 to join Evesham Swimming Club. A minimum expectation would be that children are performing at least to the standard of stage 7 in the ‘Learn to Swim’ program to be considered. Obviously, the older the child wishing to join, the greater the expectations will be. For example, a child aged 8 or 9 would need to have passed their Gold award (or nearly completing it) before coming for a try-out. A full assessment (try-out) of each individual is essential for us to assess the suitability of club swimming for all children wishing to join.

For Para-Swimmers looking to join the club, a club based assessment would be necessary initially. These are likely to be conducted with our introductory squad. Swimmers must have a desire to compete or take their swimming beyond the Learn to Swim program (provided by Evesham Leisure Centre).

MORE DETAILED ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Aged 6/7-            Currently at Level 7 or working towards (see video above)

                            Competent at Free, Back & Breast

Aged 8/9 –           Currently working towards Gold or completed Gold

                            Competent at Free, Back & Breast

                            An understanding of Fly

Aged 10/11       Completed Gold

                            Competent at Free, Back & Breast

                            An understanding of Fly

                            Can swim at the following speeds:

50 Back – 55.00

100 Back – 1.56.00

50 Br – 1:00.00

100 Br – 2:12.00

50 Fly – 1:05.00

100 Fly – 2:22.00

50 Free – 48.00

100 Free –1.44.00

Aged 12 +            Completed Gold or higher

                            Competent at Free, Back, Breast & Fly

                            Can swim at the following speeds:

50 Back – 50.00

100 Back – 1.45.00

50 Br – 55.00

100 Br – 2:05.00

50 Fly – 55.00

100 Fly – 2:05.00

50 Free – 40.00

100 Free –1.35.00

Age 14+                Competent at Free, Back, Breast & Fly

                              Can swim at the following speeds:

 50 Back – 42.00

100 Back – 1:35:00

50 Br – 48.00

100 Br – 1:50.00

50 Fly – 44.00

100 Fly – 1:40.00

50 Free – 35.00

100 Free – 125.00

“Move ups”

Promotion between squads will be based on a combination of speed, technique, behaviour, attendance and stamina. Regularly competing at events will help progression through the club. Age is also a key consideration for coaches in order to match the best training times and intensity to each individual swimmer.